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Hospitals: Waste Disposal

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department monitors the (a) level of emissions from hospital incinerators and (b) effects on health of dioxins produced from burning hospital waste. (197835)

The Department provides advice and guidance to the national health service on the management and disposal routes of healthcare waste in health technical memorandum (HTM) 07-01: “Safe management of healthcare waste”. A copy of HTM 07-01 is available in the Library and is also available at:

It is the role of the Environment Agency and the relevant local authority to licence and register all waste disposal plant, including NHS operated sites and a number of privately operated sites that are still located on hospital land. This will include monitoring the level of emissions and reporting on dioxin levels to ensure they are within acceptable and permissible limits.